Fiction. Armenian Studies. California Interest. Middle Eastern Studies. THE ASH TREE by Daniel Melnick tells a timeless story of the romance and marriage between an American Armenian girl and her immigrant husband who survived the 1915 Armenian Genocide in Turkey. In the aftermath of the Genocide from the twenties to the early seventies, the couple and their three children become vivid, quintessentially American characters, only for tragedy to find them again. Its cover painting with its frayed and white-washed frame is by the author's wife, Jeanette Melnick. Combining history and fictionalized memoir, THE ASH TREE is an important, beautifully written novel of survival, new life, and heartbreak.
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Daniel Melnick has written—in addition to THE ASH TREE—an earlier novel about the community of émigré musicians who fled Europe in the late 1930s and raised their families in Los Angeles, Hungry Generations; a study of music and modern literature, Fullness of Dissonance; and a novella about Israel during the Iraq war, with stories, Terror and Contrition. He was born in California, attended UC Berkeley, and has taught at UC Berkeley, California State University at Fresno, Cleveland State University where he retired in 2000 as an Emeritus Professor of English, and Case Western Reserve University. He is married to the artist Jeanette Melnick, whose painting is on the cover of THE ASH TREE.
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Book Description West of West Books, 2015. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0981854761
Book Description West of West Books, 2015. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110981854761